Rebel leader, suspects detained in Helmand, Baghlan
KABUL (PAN): Security forces detained a Taliban leader and several suspected insurgents during separate operations in southern Helmand and northern Baghlan provinces, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Friday.
The rebel leader, who was arrested along with one of his associates during a security operation in Marjah district, is responsible for threatening to kill Afghan civilians and conducting attacks against Afghan National Security Forces, the force said in a statement.
Multiple suspected insurgents were detained by a combined Afghan and coalition security force during a security operation targeting an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan facilitator in Burkah district of Baghlan province.
The statement said the facilitator was responsible for financing IMU attacks and, as one of the head facilitators. He is directly associated with senior IMU leaders based in Pakistan, the statement said.
In southeastern Paktia province, a coalition force patrol discovered an improvised explosive device cache in Gardez district on Friday. The cache included a 70 pound (32 kg) command-wire improvised explosive device, various IED-making materials and 1,000 pounds (454 kgs) of homemade explosives. The explosive material was seized and will be safely destroyed at a later date.
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